Schoburgh, Eris D.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Local Government reform in Jamaica and Trinidad: A Policy Dilemma
Public Aministration and Development
Date of Publication
Issues of local government have dominated Caribbean policy agenda for the past two decades, prompting considerable thought and action on local government reform by scholars, local government practitioners and policy makers, alike. No refforms have been as ubiquitous as those of local government. Permitted by an international reformist agenda, local government reform policy is linked positively to efforts to redress incapacities of public management and administration. this article examines conceptual and empirical issues relating to implementation of local government reform in two Caribbean countries, Jamaica and trinidad. It analyses how the vision for local governance is articulated through specific reform taxonomies and argues that, although local government reform is normatively a policy aimed at fundamental changes in intergovernmental relations, in Jamaica and tinidad reform has led merely to adjustments in the internal administration of local government.....